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About jboelhower

I am a husband and a father. I have been in the field of education for over 20 years.

Research Lesson Series: Part 5

Students will focus on research when they are assigned a research essay or presentation. Their work is focused. They have a topic to search. In some ways the students will do a good job filtering through information, finding new sources, … Continue reading

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Research Lesson Series: Part 4

Evaluating information is a critical skill, not just for school but for everyday life. And we have to be able to evaluate quickly as our feeds get flooded as soon as something (real or fake) starts trending. There are lots … Continue reading

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Student Poem: #4

I wake up, In a place I never thought, With people I never knew, Taking a shower in a house, Where the waters never hot. I wake up.   I get dressed, Wearing clothes I’ve worn, Like three days before, … Continue reading

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Student Poem: #3

Foggy mornings we took off, We flew through the dark haze, We would call to one another, Trying to stay close.   There one cried, We all look below, Into the reflection of ourselves, Finally, water.   It was as … Continue reading

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Student Poem: #2

Why do they brainwash us from the beginning Why do we go to school for 13 years when in end we don’t learn anything Why are we expected to be involved in every sport possible Why are we expected to … Continue reading

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Student Poem #1

I thought it would be fun to take a break to share some of the poems my students recently wrote. Even though they didn’t look forward to writing their own poems at the end of the poetic unit, I think … Continue reading

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Research Lesson Series: Part 3

In this post I will share how I use a film to teach researching skills. I hope the post generates some ideas for you. I like movies. I think movies and other forms of media are powerful learning tools, even … Continue reading

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Research Lesson Series: Part 2

Even with options, students will still use Google for research. Especially for everyday searches. For the second post in the series I want to share a few advance options in Google that will help students search in a more efficient … Continue reading

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Research Lesson Series: Part 1

In 2011, I read an interesting article, “Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search.” The article highlights a habit that I see today in my students. I fondly call it “page one syndrome.” Clive Thompson’s article delves into the subject … Continue reading

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Creative Assignments by Essay Type

Teaching the guidelines for each essay type can be one of the difficult aspects of a writing unit. You have to give the students the information so that they can construct the specific essay you are asking for. Over the … Continue reading

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